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ICAO/IATA – The International Civil Aviation Organization and International Air Transport Association’s requirements for shipping Dangerous Goods by Air.

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has produced detailed requirements for the international transportation of dangerous goods air freight.   The “Technical Instructions” contain all the requirements that apply to consigning dangerous goods by air and are the “sole authentic legal source of material in the air transport of dangerous goods.“

Other companies or organizations produce their own versions of the Technical Instructions. In particular, the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) “Dangerous Goods Regulations” and Labelmaster’s “Air International Regulations for Shippers of Dangerous Goods.”  Most operators (airlines) reference the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations in their day-to-day handling of dangerous goods. As a result, handling agents’ shippers and freight forwarders follow suit and neglect to also consult with the prevailing legal source, the ICAO Technical Instructions.


Our courses provide all relevant information for all employees whose roles involve the preparation i.e. packing, classifying, marking, labelling, documenting, handling, loading and storage of Dangerous Goods.  Our training courses contain but are not limited to the following and on completion of training each employee will be able to:

  • understand the regulations for both national and international rules
  • recognise which articles are forbidden on air transport
  • understand that some articles or substances have limitations when shipping Dangerous Goods by Air
  • classify Dangerous Goods - understanding the 9 different dangerous goods classes and packing groups
  • identify Dangerous Goods and their characteristics, including mixtures and solutions, n.o.s. (Not Otherwise Specified)
  • understand and identify the requirements of both the Alphabetical and Numerical Dangerous Goods Lists
  • understand that some dangerous goods have Special Provisions
  • understand the requirements and methods for packing dangerous goods, including the packing instructions
  • understand the test procedures for packaging and have a thorough knowledge of the UN Specifications Markings
  • understand acceptance procedures for the carriage of dangerous goods, including the use of a check list
  • understand procedures for the marking, labelling and documentation of dangerous goods
  • understand loading procedures and any restrictions that apply